OUR PEOPLE

Joe Bonfa | Managing Director

Prior to Joe’s entry into Restoration, he owned and operated a new business, Melbourne Central Cleaning for 15 years. It was a highly successful venture which would provide the springboard to enable the setup of his new company Flood Restoration Australia. Joe quickly found that growing and nurturing a business in Restoration would be one of the most satisfying challenges of his life.

Joe had a thirst for knowledge to learn all about the Restoration industry. He attended Hydrolab in Indianapolis US, learnt about inject-a-dry systems from one of the leading exponents, Ernie Stoner and completed advanced courses as a Commercial Drying Specialist, Applied Structural Drying and Applied Microbial Remediation. RIA conferences in the US further supplemented his broad knowledge in Restoration. Today the business has continued to expand and service a wider customer base.

Joe loves AFL, Soccer and Cricket as well as his vintage cars. This busy social life is balanced with the time he spends his wife Sara and sons Josh and Matthew.

Joe sees a bright future for the industry. The real value of what he does is satisfying FRA customers and restoring their possessions after a loss or disaster. As a people person, this is where FRA thrives as a company and he is proud to lead.

Tal Evans | Chief Executive Officer

Tal began his career in the IT sector and it didn’t take long before he found his niche working on several successful business ventures. This challenge extended to several merger and acquisition opportunities culminating in a large IT organisation employing 240 staff with a turnover of $180 million.

As a sales-focused business leader, Tal then turned his attention to the Restoration industry, becoming co-owner of one of the larger and most successful equipment distribution and service companies, as well as an equipment manufacturing operation servicing the Restoration industry. It’s all about people and growth opportunities that excites Tal about the industry he now finds himself in. “I like to leverage my skills together with those of the people around me, and I am learning all the time” says Tal of his business approach.

Tal loves the relaxation of woodworking but finds there is generally little time left in the day to enjoy this pursuit. However, as a proud husband and father, his first priority outside the business is to enjoy the company of his wife and two young daughters.

Tal likes fine dining and has travelled extensively abroad, but of all the countries visited, he genuinely loves Australia and ranks it as the greatest place to live.

Candice Webb | General Manager 

After studying to be a Paralegal in South Africa, Candice moved to the Cayman Islands to continue her work within the legal fraternity.  After working in a law firm for seven years, Candice and her family looked forward to the challenges of working in Australia.

Taking up the role as the Executive Assistant to the Director of a large building company, Candice further developed her career aspirations as a Senior Manager with one of Australia’s largest Restorers.  It was here that Candice thrived in the environment and realized that this fast paced industry was her real passion.

Candice was then offered the role of National Operations Manager within FRA.  Being part of FRA was an important part of her search to find a long term career in Australia.

“I am passionate about what I do.  How great is it that we can come to work every day and know that we are touching the lives of people who have been affected by a disaster in some way and we get to make a positive difference” says Candice of the industry.

Candice loves hosting dinners for her family and close friends.  At home, Candice is able to relax and unwind with the love and support of her husband and best friend Alex and their young son Peyton.

Neville White | Senior Project Manager

Neville has worked in hospitality, managed a bakery, part owned a fast food franchise and was an owner operator of a carpet cleaning business for 3 years. Wanting a different set of challenges, Neville became a technician with Munters for 10 years before accepting a role as Project Manager with one of the largest Restorers in Australia, before joining a growing company with a great culture called FRA.

By good fortune an opportunity came to acquire equity within FRA as a Director, with his good friend and colleague Craig Muller and he has not looked back since.
Neville originally emigrated from the UK in 1980 and married to a beautiful lady who is a teacher. They live in the bayside suburbs of Melbourne.

He has 2 adult children, Sarah who ironically, lives in London and Matt, a carpenter who has just married his childhood sweetheart.

Craig Muller | Senior Project Manager

Craig started his career in the Cayman Islands where he worked in the film production industry for 13 years as a production coordinator as well as the film set supervising Dive Master.

In customer service Craig has extensive experience in a broad range of industries. Given the opportunity to explore other fields of endeavour, Craig decided to work in the field of Restoration. Craig enjoyed the fast paced aspect of restoration which challenged he’s skill set of an ever changing industry. It wasn’t long before Craig was able to apply that skill as a file manager, then project manager and finally joining FRA as a Director.
Craig promotes his own work-life balance through his love of outdoor activities including hiking, sailing and cycling.

In the hustle and bustle of the fast growing FRA, Craig thrives off the exciting daily challenges of the Restoration Industry. His ability to assist people in their times of need adds to the dynamic team which is rapidly becoming a leader in Restoration.

Peter Behm | National Marketing Manager

Peter has broad professional experience and worked in a number of key Blue chip industries throughout his career including AAMI Insurance and the Suncorp Group. He has held positions in Finance, Fleet Management, Procurement, Marketing, Restoration, Property and Production, as well as holding Business qualifications from Swinburne University.

He owned and operated his own business in Mobile Music and follows AFL with great interest even when his side is not winning all that many games.

Peter values people and the chance to help others through volunteer projects remains a real passion. He serves the community with St. John Ambulance as a First Aid provider at major and local events as well as being an active member of his local Noble Park Rotary Club. In his spare time, Peter loves to play golf, cast a line in the bay as well as enjoying the great Aussie Barbeque with family and friends.  He is extremely proud of his wife Gail, son Matthew and daughter Natalie.

Restoration is a great fit for Peter as it supports his own values by “helping to put people’s lives back together”.  Joining the team at FRA, Peter believes that it dovetails into this fit with its warm, friendly and professional culture.

Andrew Govett | NSW State Manager

Andrew has had a varied career in many hands-on trades ranging from a Workshop Foreman to an Assistant Production Manager at a leading Visual Merchandising company in Melbourne.  To add to Andrew’s skill base, he is also a fully qualified and licensed Carpenter.

Andrew set up his own business at Restoretech in Albury NSW before joining FRA as the State Manager in one of the key states in Australia.

In his spare time, he loves to relax on the water where he is seen paddle boarding and often turns his hand to making concept furniture. He is an avid fan of the V8 motor sports and has spent a great deal of time overseas in Europe. Andrew’s family is also an important of his life with his wife Misty and son Austin Red. When you talk to Andrew about Restoration, his passion shines through when you consider he loves meeting people and helping them through the most difficult time of their lives. He sees a bright future in Restoration and working in close cohesion with the Building trades.

Matt Gourley |Tasmanian State Manager

Matt has enjoyed a wide range of experience in Restoration as he has been working in the Restoration industry for over 18 years.

For Matt, every job is different which adds to the challenge of Restoration and keeps him focused on ensuring every customer is treated with great care. Matt specialises in all forms of Restoration such as Mould, Fire and Water and lives with his family in Hobart.

Matt loves the outdoors life with trout fishing and relaxing at the football and cricket.

Matt has travelled extensively throughout Asia, the USA and Cook Islands. His favourite destinations are New York and Las Vegas.

Matt relishes the challenges of the future in Restoration and will continue to apply his skills by learning more about the continuing innovations in the trade he grew up in.

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